An OPEN INVITATION to receive ‘PERFECT’ REST
October 11 Bible Reading: Matthew Chapters 10-12
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30)
This above passage (vv. 28–30) is peculiar to Matthew’s gospel alone. To those burdened by the weariness of the world or, the load of religious legalism, Jesus offered the experience of communion with Him in which there is rest for the soul. When we are weary in life’s struggles, we are invited to ‘come’ to Him. Believer's Bible Commentary explains that to ‘come’ means to believe (Acts 16:31); to receive (John 1:12); to eat (John 6:35); to drink (John 7:37); to look (Isa. 45:22); to confess (1 Jn. 4:2); to hear (John 5:24, 25); to enter a door (John 10:9); to open a door (Rev. 3:20); to touch the hem of His garment (Matt. 9:20, 21); and to accept the gift of eternal life through Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).
The rest that Jesus offers us is unearned and unmerited. This is the rest of salvation that comes from realizing that Christ finished the work of redemption on Calvary’s cross. It is the rest of conscience that follows the realization that the penalty of one’s sins has been paid once for all and that God will not demand payment twice.
This does not mean that there are no problems, trials, labor, or heartaches in the Christian life. But it does mean that we do not have to bear them alone. We are yoked with One who gives sufficient grace for every time of need. To serve Him is not bondage but perfect freedom. J. H. Jowett says:
“The fatal mistake for the believer is to seek to bear life’s load in a single collar. God never intended a man to carry his burden alone. Christ therefore deals only in yokes! A yoke is a neck harness for two, and the Lord himself pleads to be One of the two. He wants to share the labor of any galling task. The secret of peace and victory in the Christian life is found in putting off the taxing collar of ‘self’ and accepting the Master’s relaxing yoke.”
Prayer is the place where burdens change shoulders. Jesus offers to lift our burdens for us. Let us understand that Jesus is the only real solution for our ongoing problems, stress and worry. Today, let us cast our burdens upon Him – for He will sustain us according to His word and give us the ‘perfect’ rest that we need so badly!